The Remains of the DayBook - 1989
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Fiction. In this Booker Prize-winning novel, a butler reflects on his life working in Darlington Hall, an English stately home, in the years leading up to and after World War II. - EileenS.
BostonPL_EileenS May 12, 2018
An English butler, coming to the end of a long career that spanned World War II, looks back on his life and questions the choices he made. Winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film starring Anthony Hopkins.
BostonPL_AndrewM Jun 29, 2017
In 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country. The six-day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and England, a past that takes in fascism, two world wars, and an unrealised love between the butler and his house... Read More »
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You've got to enjoy yourself. The evening's the best part of the day. You've done your day's work. Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it. That's how I look at it. Ask anybody, they'll all tell you. The evening's the best part of the day.
You see, I TRUSTED. I trusted in his lordship's wisdom. All those years I served him, I trusted I was doing something worthwhile. I can't even say I made my own mistakes. Really--one has to ask oneself--what dignity is there in that?
The great butlers are by great by virtue of their ability to inhabit their professional role and inhabit it to the utmost; they will not be shaken out by external events, however surprising, alarming, or vexing. They wear their professionalism as a decent gentleman will wear his suit; he will not let ruffians or circumstance tear it off him n the pubic gaze; he will discard it, when, and only when, he wills to do so, and this will invariably be when he is entirely alone. It is, as I say, a matter of 'dignity'.
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